Erin Lopez has been hired to be the head volleyball coach at Howe and will look to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first playoff appearance in more than a decade.


Lopez, who graduated from Van Alstyne and Southeastern Oklahoma State, spent the past three seasons at Savoy and was the head girls basketball coach for that entire time and led the volleyball program in 2019 after the passing of head volleyball coach Kristi Tallon due to cancer last April.


She helped Savoy continue its postseason success by reaching the area round of the volleyball playoffs for the fifth straight season as the Class 1A seed in District 12-2A before a loss against Prairie Valley.


The Lady Cardinals just missed out on the basketball playoffs by finishing fourth, one spot behind the district’s final 1A postseason berth.


Lopez takes over for Meghan Reichert, who is stepping away from coaching for a position with the Grayson County Special Education Co-op after leading the Lady Bulldogs for the past three years and also assisted with girls basketball.


Howe went 14-21 overall and was fifth in the District 10-3A standings with a 2-10 record this past season. The Lady Bulldogs have not made the playoffs since since a region quarterfinal appearance in 2008.


It was the third straight season Howe improved its win total, including up from when the Lady Bulldogs finished 9-26 overall and 3-9 in district action in 2018.


Reichert, a former Greenville and Texas A&M-Commerce standout, started her coaching career with a playoff-qualifying season at Dodd City in 2014 before moving on to Lone Oak for two seasons and then taking over at Howe.


Howe will spend the next two years in District 11-3A with Bells, Gunter, Pottsboro, Whitewright, Blue Ridge, Bonham and Leonard.


Lopez joins Jay Forsythe as additions to the school’s athletic department as he was named the head boys basketball coach late last month.